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Wilco To Tour North America in October

Wilco To Tour North America in October

For both positive and tragic reasons, 2009 could be dubbed Wilco (The Year). On top of the standard festival dates, late-night appearances, flattering reviews and a concert DVD release, the band scored its highest Billboard placement ever with the release of Wilco (The Album), charting at #4 the week of its release with nearly 100,000 copies sold. That’s quite a feat for a band not only 15 years and seven albums into their career, but one so adamant in shaking hands with technology. Ever since Reprise shunned the eventually-classic Yankee Hotel Foxtrot, Wilco has been openly streaming their records online before they hit storefronts to winning effect.

 

However, this was all after a very mysterious May, as Jay Bennett, former guitarist and songwriting partner in Wilco, filed a lawsuit against leader Jeff Tweedy for royalties he felt were due to him from both songs and director Sam Jones’ documentary film I Am Trying To Break Your Heart – where cameras rolled as Bennett and the band parted ways. Bennett, who had made blog posts online regarding his ongoing battle with a hip replacement – both from health and financial standpoints – then died over Memorial Day weekend at his home from what was determined to be an overdose of pain-killers.

 

Come October, Wilco will be hitting mostly the Midwest and South, including Farm Aid with Willie Nelson and Neil Young, a performance in Toronto at Massey Hall and two shows in their native Chicago. Dates:

 

10.01 Iowa City, IA: University of Iowa

10.02 St. Paul, MN: Roy Wilkins Auditorium

10.04 Maryland Heights, MI: Verizon Wireless Amphitheater (Farm Aid)

10.06 Kansas City, MO: The Crossroads

10.08 Cedar Park, TX: Cedar Park Center

10.09 Dallas, TX: The Palladium

10.10 Memphis, TN: Orpheum Theatre

10.12 Columbus, OH: Wexner Center

10.14 Toronto, ON: Massey Hall

10.16 Ann Arbor, MI: Hill Auditorium

10.18 Chicago, IL: UIC Pavillion

10.19 Chicago, IL: UIC Pavillion

 

[NME]

 

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